By The Hon Justice Trevor Riley*
The role of an advocate before the courts, whether as a member of the Bar or otherwise, is a vital part of the system of justice enjoyed in this country. The system relies heavily upon the participants to ensure that it flows smoothly, fairly and effectively. Underpinning the system is the requirement that advocates accord professional courtesy to all involved. This does not mean that arguments should not be presented forcefully. It does not mean that those who should be denounced may not be denounced. Rather, it requires those exercising the privileges of the advocate to maintain high standards of decency, integrity and fairness. Counsel must provide full recognition to the duty of professional courtesy.
The full article can be accessed here: “Advocacy: Northern Territory Bar Association – The duty of professional courtesy” (2009) 1 NTLJ 151.
* The Hon Justice Trevor Riley, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory.